Teaching Philosophy

If you cannot increase reflective power in people, you might as well NOT teach, because reflection is the only thing in the long run that
teaches anybody. Reflection is what makes the knowing something that can be touched on and assimilated for further use.
DOROTHY HEATHCOTE

At its very foundation, my philosophy reflects my life mantra:

It’s the recovery that counts

What I am saying in the more pedagogical sense, is like what Dewey says in that: “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”.

As a Drama teacher, one of the consistent focal points I adopt within any class is habitual reflective exercises. They also assess their work against the same criteria as I do so that there and therefore negotiate a mark, eventually the marks become virtually identical.DPzT_JtX4AAs2yN

I have three overarching goals for any course that I teach: 1) to foster critical thinking so that students may become effective consumers of psychological information, 2) to promote mastery of course content, and 3) to encourage application of course materials to real-world contexts.Reflecting upon the dynamic inter- action between pedagogy and person- ality, my teaching style is best described as applied, mastery instruction.

While the specific learning goals of a course are dependent upon the nature of the course, the education level of the students, the purpose of the course within the department, and the relationship between thecourse and related courses,

 

I will demonstrate my own critical thinking skills and share my curiosity for the unexplained or unexamined. I will value the individual backgrounds and experiences of my students, and encourage them to teach me as I teach them.

I expect that my students will have a variety of levels of desire for learning. I will strive to nurture an environment that will encourage them to seek areas that excite them, for I believe that true learning occurs best when it is most meaningful.

Students also need to understand core humanity skills that lend to overall resilience, empathy and respect.

Finally, and arguably crucial as what and how to teach student’s use and access to digital technologies. I will attach a former feature article I wrote as a journalist in 2009-10 examining intellectual property on your own image when posted on Facebook.

Common Sense Education has the ideal approach in acknowledging that not only kids but apparently every one of us are using devices more and more. The internet in its very nature is a non-physical world with real existence and no real protection or policy so hat we should be educating them on these vulnerabilities and how to know to function as a digital citizen. Beyond sexting and cyber-bullying, it’s the stuff about passwords, places, property, profiles, etc.